Monday, October 20, 2008

VeganMoFo - Halloweegan Cinnamon Rolls!

I had some leftover spiders in the fridge from last week's spider cupcakes. What to make? What to make? It turns out that making spiderweb anything is super easy and very Halloween-y! You can make spiderweb cupcakes, cakes, cookies, puddings, all kinds of treats. You just need some icing or frosting, melted chocolate, and a toothpick. I described how to do spidery webs on my previous post.

You can even make spiderweb soup! Check out this spidery soup by Diann at Eat'n Veg'n.

I had a humongous craving for cinnamon rolls but I needed to make something themed for Halloweegan. So instead of drizzling the icing on top like I would normally do, I drew several icing circles starting from the center and going all the way down to the edges. The toothpick trick didn't really work here, so I had to draw the straight spiderweb lines myself with extra icing.

Wanna make some chocolate spiders? All you need is either a pastry bag with a #3 round tip or a small ziploc with a tiny cut in one of the corners, and of course some melted chocolate chips. I'm not sure how many spiders I got out of 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, maybe about 18. It's best to make them on wax paper so you can remove them easily once the chocolate hardens.

1- Draw a "U" shape as you squeeze the chocolate out of the pastry bag.
2- Draw a smaller U shape right inside it.
3- Flip the wax paper over so the U shapes are facing down.
4- Repeat steps 1 and 2. The new U shapes should almost touch the center of the upside-down U shapes.
5- Now you should have two sets of mirrored U shapes. Draw a circle over the middle where both sets of U's nearly meet.
6- Fill in the circle with a generous amount of chocolate.

Here is a step by step picture that might help you visualize how the spider-drawing process works:

Chill the chocolate spiders for 30 to 45 minutes in the fridge before you peel them off the wax paper. Keep them refrigerated until you're ready to use them.

I have some ghost treats planned for the next couple of days of Halloweegan. No more spiders, I promise! :)


  1. I have never had vegan cinnamon rolls and I think I need to go find some right now. Yours look soooooo freaking delicious. All your ideas are so creative and fun! I love it.

  2. Ahh, as much as I loooove those cinnamon rolls, PLEASE get rid of the spiders!! I have an intense fear of them :0(

    Thanks, haha :0)

  3. i haven't had a cinnamon roll in forever. it has got to be like 10 years or something. thanks for the instructions on making the cute little spiders, too! i might make some to put on cuppies for halloween! yay! you're too awesome, River - thanks! :D

  4. Oh, those are *too* cute, and I've been wanting to veganize the family cinnamon roll recipe ... and I do have a halloween potluck coming up ...

  5. I was just going to ask you about the spiders, thank you for explaining how to make thes. I have to make them for my coworkers some day!

  6. Mmm, those rolls look wonderful! I love the spider web and spiders on them. Thanks for the shout out!

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  8. haha brilliant idea! these are so cute! :D

  9. I need to make your cinnamon rolls! They look so perfect! If only I was patient enough in the morning =/

  10. oh my goodness. I don't even have much of a sweet tooth but these look irresistable!

  11. Hi River,

    These look delicious and beautiful!

  12. i love those cute little spiders! although i'm totally freaked out by the real things like veggie girl :P

  13. hey, i LOVE your blog! i am really thinking about becoming a vegan. Do you think I should?

  14. spiderweb soup? you girls are kicking ass and taking names.

  15. I crave something with a spider on top... those cinnamon rolls look delicious. Aren't cinnamon rolls like crack?

  16. "leftover spiders in the fridge"
    Hee hee hee.....

    Another fantastic blog!

  17. Thanks for the tip - those chocolate spiders are so sweet!!!

  18. Cinnamon rolls AND halloween, you rock bigtime! And I have absolutely nothing in my cupboard which even vaguely resembles a cinnamon roll, grrr.... must stop self from licking computer screen....

  19. Well, it's official, I've been working waaaay too hard with my head in the books (computer screen?). HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED ALL THESE AMAZING HALLOWEEN GOODIES???!!!

    River, you are incredibly talented. Every single post is just astounding. Love these cinnamon rolls (oh, and every other goodie you've made, too!). And I LOVE your choice of ingredients for all of these! ;)

    I've added you to my Google Reader and can't wait to see what you come up with next! :)

  20. I don't mind the spiders - at least they're of the cute Halloween variety!

    Your cinnamon rolls are gorgeous. Great job on those!

  21. Hi River,
    Your spiders are right on. But, if you wanted to do something to really freak out your foodie readers, you should make chocolate grain moths.

    Ew. You'd probably lose readers, so it might not be the best suggestion.


  22. your creepy cinnamon rolls look delicious! i can't even remember the last time i had a cinnamon roll...i think my goal should be to make them sometime this week!

  23. yummy, in a halloweegan sort of way. I love cinnamon rolls, especially when they are covered in spiders.

    that's a cool link. ghostados. too funny.

  24. You should work for Cinnabon! Actually, I'm sure any bakery would love your ideas!

  25. I didn't make the cinnamon rolls but I made the chocolate spiders, so cute! I also made the candy corn from The Urban Housewife and combined them to make treats for my sons preschool class. Just used some cute pumpkin treat bags from Michaels (they're paper, like mini gift bags) and filled them with candy corn then put a couple of spiders on top of each. Yeah it took hours but it was worth it to see the kids flip out plus it really annoyed the stuck-up mom because she only brought M&Ms *snort*

  26. Anonymous, I'm so glad you made and enjoyed the spiders! Melisser's candy corn looks so amazing, I bet your kids had the best Halloween treats in the whole school!
    YAY for annoying the stuck-up M&M mom! :P